The Editorial Board

Take the wheel on transportation

While the issue of Atlanta’s transportation infrastructure extends far beyond Emory, the University should take more steps to ensure that its students can commute to school in a secure and eco-friendly way. Emory advertises its Bicycle Commuter program, which offers incentives for graduate students and employees who bike to campus instead of driving. These incentives include one 20-trip MARTA Breeze card per semester and commute backup options, such as a free campus parking spot, on days when the weather does not permit commuting by bike. Extending this program to undergraduates could effectively raise students’ quality of life while giving the nearly 40% of students who live off campus the opportunity to proportionally lower transportation emissions— a key step in climate action.

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Their words, not ours: Students, speak against administrative restrictions

The rise of cancel culture and the weaponization of institutional speech codes have created an atmosphere of intellectual conformity in which dissenting opinions are not only discouraged but also actively punished. One cannot ignore the inherently politicized nature of Emory President Gregory Fenves’ statements concerning the conflict in Gaza. Communications from the president’s office last October reveal a lack of impartiality and failure to create a safe space for diverse, opposing viewpoints.

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Echoes of collusion: Unpacking Emory’s $18.5 million lesson

The University’s recent $18.5 million settlement in the 568 Cartel case, which accused the University of financial aid price-fixing, is a stark reminder that withdrawing from the questionable practice does not absolve the University from past involvement. The Cartel’s two-decade-long collusion of the cartel has stifled diversity and accessibility on campuses and perpetuated educational inequality, as students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are disproportionately affected. This process undermines the very essence of higher education as a tool for social mobility and narrows the pool of talent that universities can nurture.

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